Ministers & Staff

Daniel Hayes
Senior Minister
Phone:  623-889-7146
Daniel joined Canyon church in 2019 as our Senior Minister. He began preaching at the age of 23 and has served as full-time minister in churches of Christ in Georgia and Tennessee. He graduated from the Southeast Institute of Biblical Studies, receiving the Barnabas Award and the Robert McChandlish Award. He went on to graduate from Amridge University with a B.A. in Biblical Studies, and then received his M.A. from Lipscomb University in Theological Instruction and Christian Practice. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies in the New Testament from Turner School of Theology. He is certified in Conflict Management and is also a certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Daniel and his wife, Erin, are blessed with three wonderful daughters.


Jared Matlock
Youth & Family Minister
Phone: 623-328-5292

Jared joined Canyon Church in 2019 as our Youth & Family Minister. Prior to coming to Canyon, he has served in roles as a youth minister and full-time minister in churches of Christ in Texas. Jared believes strong churches start with strong families and that the home is a training ground for creating disciples. Both he and his wife, Krista, have a passion for sharing the Gospel with youth and finding ways to bring scripture to life for them. Jared attended Sunset International Bible Institute. He and his wife are blessed with three children, and the whole family enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time together in God’s creation.


Laura Shewmaker
Admin. – Internal Support
Phone: 623-889-3388
Laura and her husband, Dan, moved with their three children to Phoenix in 2005 from California.  With a family history in the valley area, Laura easily transitioned to life in the desert and finds beauty in God’s vast creation. Laura’s work experience has ranged from managing the internal customer database for an international pharmaceutical company to managing retail establishments. She came on board with Canyon’s staff as a part-time admin. in 2015. Laura’s passions are singing and teaching children, which you will find her doing on any given Sunday at Canyon.


Davina White
Admin. – Communications
Phone:  623-889-3388

Davina has over 20+ years of experience writing and editing printed and online content, as well as providing administrative support within various industries.  She joined Canyon’s staff as a part-time admin. in 2012 and is excited to be using these talents for her church family and community. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Arizona University. When she’s not working at Canyon, Davina is helping her husband, Shawn, run their parachurch ministry, called Smart Faith.  Both she and her husband love the arts and are avid readers, movie-watchers, and concert-goers.


Taran Mason
Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Taran has a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Harding University and is currently pursuing a Children’s Ministry Certificate from Oklahoma Christian University.  She has 20+ years of experience in teaching children of all ages, with work in a Christian academy, in preschools, and even homeschooling. Along with childhood education, she’s equally adept at planning children’s outreach events. We appreciate her dedication, hard work, and heart for Canyon’s kids. Taran and her husband and two teenage sons have been part of the Canyon Church family since 2016 and Taran came on staff in 2018.